Evil Exists

Let me preface with a reminder—I’m neither Democrat nor Republican. I proudly have No Party Affiliation. With that out of the way…

There is Evil in this World

I’ve worn many hats throughout my life, and without hesitation I tell you Evil exists, it’s real, and most of the time in this world, you will be the only person capable of defending yourself.

When you have a mass shooting, like the shooting in Orlando, people are very quick to assign immediate blame. People want to blame radical Islamics, gun control, Obama, Bush, or what have you. Continue reading “Evil Exists”

Thoughts on Shaving

Shaving—that time honored tradition of holding an extremely sharp instrument to your head when you’re still half asleep.

I started loosing my hair at a young age and by 30, I declared my hairstyle to be “bald is beautiful.” As such, I’ve bought a few razors overs the years and I can get into a shaving discussion with the best of gents.

When people ask me if I’ve used the Dollar Shave Club and seem surprised when explain that it’s (1) too expensive and (2) I wasn’t happy with the razors. Continue reading “Thoughts on Shaving”

Kamailio, TLS, and LetsEncrypt

If you don’t know me… my name is Fred, and I’m a Kamailian. Kamailians are users of Kamailio— an open source SIP server capable of building large scale Voice platforms.

It’s a great product, and in a different post I discuss why I love Kamailio. Today, I want to talk about TLS, Kamailio, and Lets Encrypt.

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Receiving SMS from Flowroute with Perl

Flowroute, a SIP service provider, recently enabled SMS on all of their phone numbers (DIDs). This means that if you have a DID from Flowroute, your phone number can now be used to send and receive SMS messages.

This article will show you how you can receive those SMS messages with Perl. (You can skip the background to get to that part quicker.)

Background

I first learned about Flowroute at Astricon 2008 (Phoenix, AZ). At the time, I was working for a Residential VoIP carrier and we were always looking for new service providers.

Flowroute immediately distanced themselves from the other providers by (1) sending engineers instead of sales staff and (2) offering Asterisk prompts from Pat Fleet. Continue reading “Receiving SMS from Flowroute with Perl”

Passing time at Disney

Living in Florida allows you to enjoy great beaches, beautiful weather, interesting news, and incredible discounts to Disney World. The discounts make sense— we residents become “ambassadors” to the park and generally buy food, drink, and gifts during our visits.

Yeni and I purchase an annual pass each year. We meet family at the parks, hang out with friends, and enjoy days and events for just the two of us. Before Yeni and I visited the parks together, I’d go with my godkids, cousins, family, and friends.

Because of these trips, I have some great photos through the years. Continue reading “Passing time at Disney”

Same truck, 200k miles

I’ve owned a few Fords in my life — from the ’78 Ford Bronco to my current 2003 Ford Expedition. Today, my truck crossed 200,000 miles.

I’m not one overly attached to my truck. I love it, don’t get me wrong. It’s very comfortable, drives well, and the air works great. This being said, if you asked me my favorite vehicle I’ve owned… I’d be at a loss.

I just don’t get emotional about vehicles.

I did love my Bronco, and I have great memories with “her.” From taking the top off and driving to Fort Lauderdale beach to off-roading with a variety of people (including my Mom) throughout South Florida. Great truck.

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Alex Balashov Discusses High Performance Kamailio Tuning

I’ve discussed why I love Kamailio many times on this site — and the Kamailio community remains a strong reason for my love of the project.

Alex Balashov, a VoIP Engineer and member of the Kamailio project, is a VoIP expert and his knowledge of Kamailio, SIP, and telecommunication is without question. He also happens to be the fastest typist I’ve ever seen (seriously, it’s almost distracting).

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